The 35-year-old last night secured United's place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a goal from off the bench, helping his side to a 2-1 win at Blackburn.And former Arsenal striker Smith believes Ibrahimovic sets the standards for the youngsters coming through, like Cantona did during his five years at Old Trafford."It's what he brings to the dressing room," Smith told "The younger lads will look at him training and think 'yeah, I've got to be like that'.American speed skater Allison Baver dated fellow Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno from 2004 until 2006—ending the dreams of the American Olympic Committee who hoped for future generation of speed skaters to be spawned.
The midfield was boosted by the addition of Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves, while Paul Scholes played an increasingly withdrawn role and became an outstanding deep-lying playmaker.
While there were a couple of notable omissions from the list, which will not be cut to three as in previous years, all of the world’s best attacking players are present.
Having retaken sole ownership of the award following six years of sharing with the governing body, the magazine decided to drip-feed batches of five players to its website in alphabetical order hours apart and it was not until the final portion that the sole England player to be included, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, was announced.
However, despite the improvement in their league form, United's European form took a massive blow, with the club failing to reach the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1993–94.
The club fared better in the FA Cup, reaching the Fifth Round, but their real success came in the League Cup, in which they beat Wigan Athletic 4–0 in the final.
For three consecutive seasons, 2006/07, 2007//09, the Premier League provided three of the four Champions League semi-finalists, an unprecedented level of dominance.